Elizabeth Graham: A Tribute

March 11, 2021

The Free Church mission community were sad to hear of the death of Elizabeth Graham on Saturday 27th February. 

Elizabeth served alongside her husband Billy in a number of situations: Kirkcaldy, Buccleuch (Edinburgh), South Africa and latterly as a key part of the revitalised St Columba’s (Edinburgh).  In each situation she served with grace and kindness.

The Grahams returned from South Africa in 1996, having ministered there since 1976.

Her spirit can be summarised in a recollection of a time she was in hospital, undergoing chemotherapy in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.  She wrote, ‘After supper I heard lovely Xhosa voices singing psalms or hymns in harmony.  I pushed my drip trolley out and went to track it down. The women patients (about 16) in the main ward were having a service and they said I must come and join them – and preach to them!  I went back for my Bible and some copies of the little red book ‘Molo’ I had brought in with me and joined them.  We sang. Then they all prayed at the same time. As the volume died down and the last Amen sounded they looked at me expectantly! So I spoke to them – first comfort to the converted from Deuteronomy 31:8 ‘The Lord goes before you and will be with you’ and then to the unconverted, urging them to accept the Lord.’

One of her great heroes was Amy Carmichael who said, “All along, let us remember we are not asked to understand, but simply to obey...”  Elizabeth obeyed.

We express our deep sympathy to Billy, Anne and Ruth and to their families.

The funeral service will be subject to Covid restrictions but will be broadcast from St Columba’s web site on Thursday 11th March at 1:00 PM.